Who is Bhuvneshwar Kumar?
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an Indian international cricketer and right-arm medium-fast bowler who has received praise for his ability to efficiently swing the ball both ways. In domestic cricket, he represents Uttar Pradesh and has played for Central Zone. He began his IPL career with Royal Challengers Bangalore, followed by a three-season stint with now-defunct Pune Warriors India. However, he has received most success for his current IPL team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, which won an IPL title in 2016 thanks to his tournament best 23-wicket haul. He first came to limelight for bowling out legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in first-class cricket. He has the unique record of taking his first wickets in each format of the game by clean bowled. While he has proved himself to be a match-winning bowler for India, he is equally impressive with the bat and has played some useful innings.
Childhood & Early Life
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was born on February 5, 1990, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and has roots in Luharli village in Bulandshahr. His father, Kiran Pal Singh Mavi, is an ASP with the Uttar Pradesh Police, while his mother, Indresh Mavi, is a housewife.
He has an older sister named Rekha Adhana, who is seven years older than him. When he was 13, his sister took him to a cricket coaching center 7-8 kilometers away from their residence, and accompanied him there regularly till he was able to go by himself.
He practiced at the Victoria Club in Meerut, run by former UP wicketkeeper Vipin Vats. He was taught the finer points on using the new ball by bowling coach Sanjay Rastogi.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar began representing the Uttar Pradesh Ranji team in 2007, following his first-class debut at the age of 17 against Bengal. He suddenly came to limelight for becoming the first bowler to dismiss cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in first-class cricket in the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy final and finished the season with 35 wickets.
Playing for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy in 2012, he made his maiden first-class hundred in the 2nd semi-final against North Zone to take his team to the final, avoiding certain defeat. Coming to bat at No.8 when the team was trailing by 232 runs, his 'Man of the Match'-winning knock consisted of three exceptional partnerships with Praveen Kumar, Murali Kartik and Rituraj Singh.
Following his spectacular show as an all-rounder in domestic cricket, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was selected to play in the first T20I match against Pakistan at Bengaluru on December 25, 2012. Defending a low total, he picked up three early wickets of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, but India failed to save the match.
Thanks to his quality fast bowling with the new ball, he bagged a place in the playing eleven of the subsequent ODI series, He made his ODI debut against Pakistan on December 30 and dismissed Mohammad Hafeez with the very first ball he bowled.
On February 22, in his Test debut in the first match against Australia in the 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he struggled to take wickets in a spin-friendly pitch. However, he showed his capacity as a batsman with a record 9th wicket partnership of 140 runs with M. S. Dhoni in the first Test and scored 38, the highest debut score at No.10.
In the first innings of the second Test against Australia, he took three important wickets of David Warner, Ed Cowan and Shane Watson, but went wicket-less in his short second innings spell. In the following Test, he failed to keep the batsmen under pressure in the first innings, but made up in the second innings taking the wickets of Shane Watson, David Warner and Steve Smith.
He was next included in the team for the Champions Trophy tournament held in England and Wales between 6 and 23 June 2013. For his six wickets at an average of 22.83 and an economy rate of 3.91, he was selected in the 'Team of the tournament' by ESPNcricinfo writers.
He played in the Tri-nation series against Sri Lanka and West Indies in June-July 2013, during which he posted his career-best figures of 4-for-8 against Sri Lanka on July 9. He finished the series as the leading wicket taker with 10 wickets in four matches and was awarded the 'Man of the Series' title.
He continued to break records as an all-rounder during India's tour of England in 2014, and bagged the 'Man of the Series' title again, this time in a Test series, despite India's 1-3 loss. He took his first and second five-wicket hauls in the first two matches of the series, and made three fifties as the first No.9 Indian batman, two of which came in the first Test.
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He was part of the Indian squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup but due to poor fitness, he played only in the match against the UAE and did not play in the rest of the matches. .
He played only four Tests in 2016, but returned with full form during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and was again named in the 'Team of the Tournament' for helping India reach the finals.
On February 18, 2018, he posted 5-24 in the first T20I against South Africa, scripting India's win by 28 runs. With this, he became the first Indian bowler to take 5 wickets in all the formats of the game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2009, but during his two seasons there, he only played in one match for the team. He was signed by Pune Warriors India in 2011, and before the franchise was terminated in 2013, he had bagged 24 wickets in 31 matches with two 3-wicket hauls.
He joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014 and helped his team win the 2016 IPL by claiming 23 wickets, the most in the tournament, which also earned him the prestigious Purple Cap. He retained the Purple Cap in the following seasons as well, with 26 wickets, and took five wickets in a match against Kings XI Punjab.
Awards & Achievements
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the first Indian bowler to have taken 5-wickets hauls in all formats of the game. He also bowled out all three of his targets for his debut wickets in all three formats.
On his debut Test, coming at No.10, he made multiple records including the most number of balls faced (97), most runs scored (38), and a record 9th wicket partnership of 140.
Personal Life & Legacy
On October 4, 2017, Bhuvneshwar Kumar got engaged to his childhood friend Nupur Nagar, an engineer, at a private event in Greater Noida.
The two tied the knot on 23 November 2017 in Meerut, followed by a reception hosted for his friends from the Indian cricket team on November 30 in New Delhi.
Because Bhuvneshwar Kumar's father had a transferable job, his older sister Rekha was in charge of taking care of his cricketing needs. However, he missed her engagement as well as the wedding due to his domestic cricket schedule.